Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The old days!

It was raining one day, but it didn't stop us from going ouside. I mean outside and inside again. This time we went to a combined gallery and a museum.

When we came, I couldn't help it but to smile seeing this picture in a rainy day. Maybe the owner of the shop who is an artist was hoping for days with sunshine.

Reilo Design. The name of the gallery and museum! 

There were lot of things to see like old things and paintings, but this time I will just show old things that we found and with historical truths that can put smile on our faces.

This is an old sewing machine .

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. 

Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

(I read in a book in Norway that in old days that they do really take a bath once a year.)

(Old toys)

(Historical truth practiced in cold countries like Norway in old days)

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.

Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

This is the man made toy that the owner of the gallery played when he was a child.

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and off the roof.

Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

anohter old car toy made of wood

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

An old stroller

The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway.
Hence the saying a 'thresh hold."

Different kinds of irons. They are heavy.

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat.

Old radios!

They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.
Hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."

An old lamp!

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

old typewriters...

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust." 

Cash register

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.

Hence the custom of holding a "wake."

Old gas burner?

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.

Hence the saying "dirt poor."

Maybe this  was use to weight things?

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell.

Thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer."

Well, this is absolutly out of date. hi hi

Woven tools?

And this one made my day!

I was so thankful that the owner of the gallery collected and preserved these old things. It is like living the old days in one day. It helps to see those things to be thankful for all the modern things we have now!
Hope you enjoy too the visit to this gallery and museum!



  1. Very interesting pictures and stories. - Margy

    1. Thanks POwell River Books for the comment and the visit.

  2. some of these things deserve a new home: they would make beautiful decorations in some kitchens!

    1. Agrre with you Lara, but he won't sell them. hi hi

  3. those are priceless i really like it .....
    keep posting like this ...... keep it up !

    1. Thanks reflective eassy writing riting help.

  4. Hi Joy thanks for visiting my site. All the plants and experiences in that site are from our property in the province, otherwise all travel and garden photos are posted in my other blogsite. By the way, you didn't say here where this museum is!

    1. Thanks kalantikan for information. Oo nga no, di ko nasabi kung saan. Its 5 minutes drive from my place. I lived in the middle if Norway. Brekstad is the name of the place where I live:)

  5. Such awesome, and priceless items.

  6. Hi, Just wanted to drop by and say HELLO. It's been a busy week/month --and just gonna get busier.

    Love seeing your photos of the gallery and museum... Many of those 'old' things look quite familiar to me.... ha


    1. Thanks Bestsy. I remember using a havy iron with charcfl in it. It was heavy:)

  7. thanks for sharing those photos of the museum... so awesome, i like it :)

  8. it sure looks like a mini museum... :)

    1. Its actually big genskie, but there are lot of things there for sale like paintings and different kinds of handwoks pluss garage sale:)

  9. Fantastic historic objects, I like such a look into past and history. I am greeting

  10. Thank you so much for the historical facts and legends. I love hearing about them.... and those are helpful too.

  11. I love reading the facts Ms Joy! Hopefully, hindi na sila once a year maligo :)

    1. Thanks Zaizai. Di na once a year , once a week na lang . Hi hi biro lang. Mga elders lang ang once a week, pero mga youth just like us din. Everyday. Malamig kasi dito at d punagpapawisan. Kaya kahit one week, mabanho pa rin sila:) Me nga pag andyan pinas, ligo twice a day. Dito minsan every other day, mabango pa din. Hi hi

  12. Beautiful presentation. I absolutely enjoyed this visit through the museum and gallery, Joy! Thanks for visiting my Blog...Lynda

  13. What a wonderful collection of old things and old history with the resulting sayings. Pretty incredible information.

  14. What a wonderful collection of items, lots of memories while scrolling though them.

  15. Hello Joy, How you suit your name, you bring so much joy to others.. I saw many things here today that I had forgotten. I still have the old treadle sewing machine that belonged to my mother.We used to have a bath once a week. How shocking to have it once a year. Children and women first and men last in our home. I still remember body odor before MUM deodorant came in, my sisters loved it. I am so glad I can jump into the shower or bath whenever I want to. Imagine dividing bread like that? Or the poor animals sliding off the roof. I had no idea where those saying came from. I LOVED reading this and seeing all the pictures..You Are A Blessing Indeed!!!! XXXXX

    1. Thank you very much chystal mary. Uou comment warms my heart:)

  16. Wow Mommy Joy, andami ko naman natutunan sayo ngayon! I loved all the old stuffs and the stories behind those idioms! Pinaka-naloka ako dun sa once a year na ligo at sa bath tub, hehe

  17. Ako din nong nabasa ko. Hi hi. I am glaf that it was the old days.

  18. What a lovely and educational gallery tour you've given us, Joy. Maraming salamat!

  19. Love those pictures - especialle the typewriters!

  20. looking old things makes us realize we have a super high technology ...thanks for posting this pix Ms. joy ,,glad to see to saw this pix ;)

    1. Yes rubhie. We are more lucky n0w. Thanks for visiting:)

  21. God Bless You Dear Joy.
    I am so glad to be here. I love those pictures Thanks For Sharing.
    Receive My Prayers For your life In Jesus Name Amen And Amen.

    Hugs And Blessings.

  22. What a wonderful collection of items and the explanation for so many sayings. Absolutely fascinating. I didn't know even half of them.

  23. Wow, cool vintage collection!

    Thanks for linking up to Color Connection last week. The linky is up now, come and join again.

  24. Fantastic collection of old items and interesting history. I like the old sewing machine!

  25. I enjoyed seeing all the vintage things and hearing about the origin of many sayings I hear today.

  26. Hello Sis Joy, I hope you do not mind if I leave a comment for last weeks Color Connection, so sorry cannot find your link :-) I love old days, they are still durable compared to the new ones :-)

  27. ang ganda ng mga art works... very interesting...

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